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Next Generation 9-1-1

Every year approximately 240 million 9-1-1 calls are made in the United States with countless lives saved and property protected. But, our nation’s 9-1-1 system is falling behind as technology rapidly evolves and advances past the capabilities of the current E9-1-1 system.  While the current E9-1-1 system has limitations, there is good news.
 
Oregon is taking steps to meet the objective of a fully functioning transitional next generation 9-1-1 emergency communications system. Significant work has been done to design and prepare for the migration of all 9-1-1 centers to an Internet Protocol (IP) based 9-1-1 system.  Citizens will have the ability to access 9-1-1 using the types of technology they use to communicate every day. Oregon has taken a coordinated approach, completing work objectives in phases.  Phase 1, the replacement of the underlying network, began in April 2016. Phase 2, which may be the most complex, is Geospatial Dataset Development. Phase 2 began in September 2015 and continues. Phase 3, Core Services, is dependent upon the completion of Phase 2. Requirements for the procurement of Phase 3 will begin in January of 2017 and this requirement gathering occurs while Phase 2 is on-going. 
 
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates telephone providers and has recommended that the provider networks be compatible with transitional next generation 9-1-1 Systems by 2020. 
 
 

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